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New nature reserve designated

Posted 18 December 2009
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New nature reserve designated
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The creation of England's newest national nature reserve has been confirmed, Natural England has said.

Skipwith Common, near Selby in North Yorkshire, has received the designation to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the passing of the Act of Parliament that created the national parks, the body said.

Used as a WWII bomber base, the 274-hectare site is home to over 70 species of breeding birds, great crested newts, waterfowl and lowland heath plant species.

It's human history includes not just the remains of the Riccall Airfield, but also evidence of Bronze Age and Iron Age settlements.

Natural England's chairman Poul Christensen stated: "An immense amount of work has gone towards ensuring that this much-loved landscape remains both a haven for wildlife and a place that everyone can visit and enjoy."

Those keen to go walking in the area may wish to pick up some hiking equipment, with the nearest Go Outdoors store being in Pudsey.

There are now 224 national nature reserves in England, with Scotland having 51 and Wales 21.

Posted by Brandon Egley